Hundreds of campaigners marched through the streets of Sheffield to protest on the one-year anniversary of the government’s rejection to hold an inquiry into the Orgreave Miners’ strike back in 1984.
The rally organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice supporters group depicted a smoke-filled coffin which had ‘Death of Justice’ written on its side as the march finished outside Sheffield Crown Court.
Organiser of the event Joe Rollin, said: “We’re really impressed with the turnout tonight. I think it still shows the anger in our communities and helps us educate a younger audience of what happened all those years ago.”
“We’ve got a legal challenge prepared. We need to keep the pressure on the Tories and to let them know we’re not going away.”
The rally adopted a Halloween theme, with people dressing up as reapers and ghosts, as well as Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May masks being worn too.
Various speakers attended the march, including ex-miner John Dunn, who labelled the long-standing decision a ‘disdainful injustice’ against the miners and their families.
He said:”This government has denied us the justice we deserve. We need to continue fighting against this decision. Previous failures as big as this need to be properly addressed.”
“If the police could have got away with killing our people that day they damn well would’ve done. It was only by luck that no-one died that day, not by choice.
Various groups attended the rally, including the Sheffield Socialist society who sang “no justice, no peace” throughout the march.
On the journey through the city centre, there was heavy police presence throughout with traffic coming to a halt to allow the march to have a safe passage to their intended route.
People attended from all over South Yorkshire to show their support for the campaign. Jenny Martin, 34, from Barnsley, spoke of her connection with the ex-miners, as her father was an ex-miner himself.
She said: “My Dad wasn’t involved in the strike itself, but I know he felt the absolute devastation that struck us all. It was not only an attack on Miners but an attack on the working-class way of life. He couldn’t believe the brutality and the despicable actions of the police. He looks back in sadness at the constant injustice suffered by people in his profession over 33 years later.”